Calgary’s residential and business property taxes have continued to increase year after year, even during the oil crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Calgary’s downtown vacancy rates have reached record highs of over 30 per cent, putting further upward pressure on residential property taxes and on taxes for small to medium-sized businesses outside the downtown core.
I commit to holding public consultations on municipal spending to ensure that the City budget aligns with the priorities of Calgarians. Taxpayer dollars are a public trust, and we must ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent inefficient spending.
I support the following:
- Diversifying Calgary’s economy by attracting new companies to increase the City’s tax base.
- Enhancing affordable housing and providing more housing options in the downtown core to decrease vacancy rates and to further increase the tax base.
- Cutting red tape for inner city development to allow for higher-density homes in communities that want them.
- Pushing the provincial government return a meaningful portion of the property tax funds it receives from Calgary, to help the City stabilize its funding operations without the constant need for property tax increases.
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